The Three A’s of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I celebrate differently than most people, however, because I live vegan. I celebrate all that is good in my life and spend the holiday with other vegans. I do not partake in eating turkey or animal products like milk, honey, eggs or butter. I believe, as vegans do, that the violence that is perpetuated onto turkeys (or other animals) is unnecessary and cruel. I believe that there is a better way to live that would include life, peace and compassion for all living beings. And, I believe that living vegan is the first, necessary step to transforming this very disturbed world into more sustainable place for all of Earth’s inhabitants. So, for this Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to pass on some information. Here are three reasons why a vegan Thanksgiving is the way to go!

  1. Animals – Turkeys are beautiful animals who want to live like we do. Read here about turkeys and Thanksgiving.
  2. Alternatives – You do not have to sacrifice anything by eating a vegan meal for Thanksgiving. There are delicious, vegan versions of all the meals you are accustomed to eating on the holiday! There is even scrumptious version of turkey called, Tofurky, that is cruelty-free! Check out these recipes!
  3. Abundance – Living a vegan lifestyle is nothing less than abundance! As a vegan, you do not partake in adding violence (a dead carcass of a tortured animal) to your body. Remember, we are what we eat. A vegan lifestyle is healthier, easy, and less costly. Vegans live longer, increase their chances of living disease-free and feel lighter. And, veganism is the best way to alter the ongoing destruction of the only planet we have to inhabit. Below is a short and fun video by EVOLVE Campaigns about the vegan lifestyle! Enjoy!

 

Wishing you a wonderful, cruelty-free, vegan Thanksgiving!

© 2015, Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

 

Ten Life-Changing Benefits of Drinking Vegan Green Smoothies

Vegan Green Smoothies by VilmsWhen I first started drinking vegan green smoothies, I had no idea what I was doing. I had no clue how to make them, what ingredients I should use, how much water or plant-based milk I should add, what vegetables and fruit work well. But, I was determined to improve my health, so my research began and I soon found some good recipes.

But feeling lousy for years and suffering from uterine fibroids, chronic fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, asthma, sinusitis, foggy thinking, depression, and more, I was not sure how much of an impact a smoothie could make on my health. I expected to “suffer” through my new green smoothie endeavor and knew that I would be eating something that tasted like cardboard.

Of course, I was not alone, right? Who loves the taste of raw, liquid kale?

Yuck.

Boy, was I wrong!

Not only were smoothies tasty, but I fell in love with them.  As I learned to create delicious smoothie concoctions, I was surprised at how delicious they tasted, how easy they were to make, and that I did not taste the “green parts.” The absolute best part was noticing how much better I felt each day after eating them, how I had more energy, how the extra weight came off easily, and how my ailments started to diminish.  Green smoothies were the perfect start to my goal of improving my health.

They can ALSO HELP YOU.

What are Green Smoothies and How They Can Help You Improve Your Health

Green smoothies are all natural, blended, delicious, cleansing, nourishing, life-giving concoctions of raw fruits and vegetables. They are nutritional powerhouses because they contain all of the nutrients the body needs for optimal functioning:

  • protein
  • minerals
  • vitamins
  • fats
  • carbs

Fruit and leafy greens as the main ingredients in green smoothies also contain fiber, which aides in the elimination of stored toxins in the bowels and tissues. Consumed as a blended drink, the fiber is broken down and allows for better absorption in the body. The high water content in fruit found in green smoothie recipes naturally hydrates the body. Green leafy vegetables also contain chlorophyll, which is liquefied sun energy. Chlorophyll cleanses all our organs and destroys free radicals, pathogenic bacteria and fungi in our bodies, and has been shown to destroy cancer cells.

How amazing!

Green Smoothies

Those are fantastic advantages, but there are also more! Here are 10 fabulous benefits of drinking green smoothies:

  1. More Energy. A green smoothie a day fills your body with needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  • Weight Loss. Because of the low-calorie and high nutrient value, green smoothies will actually cause you to lose weight.
  • Better Sleep. Drinking green smoothies regulates your body’s systems which will help you sleep better.
  • Disease Elimination. As nutritious healing concoctions, green smoothies are a cure for unhealthy eating habits.
  • Disease Prevention. As nutritional powerhouses, green smoothies help to keep illnesses at bay.
  • Inexpensive to Create. There are many combinations of green smoothies. All you need are a few healthy and organic ingredients, and you are on your way.
  • Unlimited Ingredients. You can make a green smoothie with just about any fruit or vegetable; you are at liberty to experiment for different tastes.
  • Quick and Easy Preparation. Green Smoothies take about 5-7 minutes to create.
  • Quick and Easy Clean up. The blender, cutting board and knife are cleaned in no time.
  • Wonderful Taste. Green smoothies are very tasty, and even though leafy greens are a significant part of any green smoothie, the beauty is you only taste the fruit.

As highly nutritious and delicious drinks, a green smoothie a day, helps keep the doctor away!

To learn how to make delicious and nutritious green smoothies, host a class or purchase my eBook: Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality.

The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony

The World Peace DietWhat is the World Peace Diet? A vegan diet, of course! However, the brilliantly-written book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle, explains thoroughly why a vegan diet is the only diet of choice from various perspectives – spiritual, political, ecological, nutritional and cultural – for this planet. I love books and I love living vegan, so I am facilitating a study of this marvelous book! Join me, Vilma Reynoso, Vegan Health & Lifestyle Coach and Peter B.Roth, Transformational Spiritual Healer, Astrologer and vegan, for a study and discussion of The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony. Our purpose is to dig deep into the reasons why people choose to become vegan and the reasons why it is vital to adopt the vegan lifestyle. You are welcome to join whether you are a seasoned vegan, a new vegan or curious about veganism and if you live in the Denver metro area.

Meetings will be held in Denver, CO, on the last Thursday of the month in January, February, March, and April of 2014. Each meeting will consist of a short presentation and recap of the month’s assigned chapters.  An open discussion will then follow.  To join this study, visit The World Peace Diet Meetup.

To learn more about Will Tuttle or to purchase a printed version of The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, visit Will Tuttle’s website.

Printed, digital and audio formats of the book may also be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vegoutwithvilms.com. VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

Want to improve your health dramatically? Get my book, “Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso

Check out my e-Book! Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality

Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms

Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality is a short, concise and informational e-Book outlining the health benefits of green smoothies. The book includes my easy recipes that you will love! If you are curious about green smoothies, looking to improve your health or eating habits, are a seasoned vegan or raw vegan, these recipes will entice your palate!

A bit about me, Vilma Reynoso, and why I wrote this book:

As a child, I grew up consuming my father’s Argentine barbecues every Sunday. Usually ill with colds as a child, I suffered from chronic sinus problems, asthma and respiratory ailments, and was overweight.  As a young adult, I suffered with horrible PMS, fibroids, chronic fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, asthma, intestinal problems, sinusitis, foggy thinking, and even depression.  After evaluating my health and the deaths of both my parents due to heart disease, I became motivated to change my life, one step at a time. I slowly began to change my diet from meat-based to vegetarian, then to vegan, and finally to a mostly raw vegan diet. Healed from most of my ailments, I have never looked back!

Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality is one of several upcoming e-books. I have written it to demonstrate to you, the reader, how taking a small step, such as incorporating green smoothies into your daily routine, can dramatically enhance your life and health.

This e-book is available for purchase in the following formats for only $2.99! 

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One Mind…

A beautiful poem by Helen Keller: 

FB Sunflower

One mind awake can awaken another.

The second awake can awaken their next-door brother.

Three awake can awaken the town

By turning the whole place upside down.

Many awake can make such a fuss

That they finally awaken the rest of us.

Tomatoes for Life

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Good things come unexpectedly and in many forms, don’t they?

I have been reflecting this week on my life, especially about the last few, very full years and the changes that have occurred. Prior to those years, however, one of the biggest blessings (if not the biggest) of my life was given to me, unexpectedly. My baby girl was born.

I became a mother and had to learn to pass on what I assimilated and learned from this life to this precious human being who depended on me for everything. That responsibility sometimes still overwhelms me, but I have learned that the Divine is always there to help me. However, the gift that would come from this infant being was something even more priceless!

They say that sometimes life hands you foreshadowings – events that can be metaphors or symbols of things to come, and only later do you realize why things happened they way they did. I’ve discovered that if I look at my life this way, I learn and grow from my experiences. One case in point: my daughter and her eating habits as a baby and toddler. There was nothing that she wanted to eat, really, but fruit and cheese! I began to worry and wonder what in the world I would feed her, and where was she going to get her protein and nutrients. So, my research began.

I had to find a way to get her to eat REAL food, not just vegetables, fruit, and beans. I was then a meat eater: I partook in the average American diet – had my coffee in the mornings, sandwiches and french fries for lunch, my meat, pasta or rice, chicken and/or potatoes with bread in evenings. I even loved a soft drink once in a while. This was normal, and of course, normal for most people.

But, not for my daughter. She would not eat meat. What to do…

My research lead me to the vegetarian diet because I needed to find something to feed my child. ANYTHING. So, I began to read about the protein content in beans, the health benefits of vegetables, the fiber in fruit, the harmful chemicals found in meat. Truly fascinated by what I read and by the examples of vegetarian (and vegan), fit and healthy people that I read about, I decided I needed to “go vegetarian” to save my daughter from all the “nutrient-less” fruit she consumed. I had no choice. She needed to eat something other than fruit and cheese. I had to do this!

Raw Vegan Health
Tomatoes from my organic garden

As I dug deeper into researching the vegetarian lifestyle, I was convinced that not only was it NOT harmful for my daughter to eat fruit, but it was very beneficial. And, having been diagnosed with large, painful uterine fibroids, asthma, and rosacea, I needed to do something about MY own health and not just hers.

I embraced vegetarianism and slowly started to change my eating habits. I learned that feeding my child a meatless diet was OKAY, and I let her eat all the fruit she wanted. And, she took advantage!

In time, I chose to go vegan for ethical and health reasons. I now eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables in addition to the delicious cooked vegan food choices available these days. So, I have come full circle. Besides, it was “raw” fruit that my baby loved, wasn’t it?

There is something about a child that is pure, simple, unassuming, intuitive. Very young children have innocent minds until they are socially and environmentally conditioned. Their bodies, minds and spirits abound in curiosity, love and energy; therefore, they are able to choose what is pure without reservation, question or judgment. Such is the case of my daughter, who knew, in some fashion or another, that fruit was good for her. She has not only changed me but propelled my life in the most fulfilling direction I could have ever dreamed of! I am truly in awe and speechless sometimes at how this part of my life (and hers) has unfolded.

Eating and experiencing all that comes with a healthy, meatless diet is beautiful and very satisfying. There is nothing that I can think of that has transformed me more than living a vegan lifestyle. It has opened my eyes to the atrocities that occur to animals on this planet, allowed me to experience the most nourishing foods, and has given me abundant health.

I owe my transformation to the catalyst that made it happen: my precious child, who, by the way, still LOVES her tomatoes!